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Is­abella Pachter is the maker be­hind Hy­drangea Ranger – and she’s found her happy place.

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Is­abella Pachter.

“I think it’s won­der­ful to be sur­rounded by things peo­ple have made with their time, skill and ded­i­ca­tion.”

I live in a sunny house down a long drive­way, with fruit trees and a gar­den full of sur­prises. I love it so much; it has all of my favourite things in it, in­clud­ing my part­ner Pawel Smuga and our cat Wil­low. I don’t ever want to leave.

I love rainy days, look­ing out through the French doors be­ing so glad not to have to go any­where, and I also love sum­mer days on the deck. But I think I feel most at home when the house is filled with fam­ily and friends, the oven’s on and mu­sic’s play­ing.

Our house is filled with col­lec­tions of beau­ti­ful things, most of which are gifts or come from sec­ond-hand shops. I used to go a bit over­board with op shop­ping, but I’m much more se­lec­tive now. I still can’t turn down ‘night class’ ce­ram­ics, though! As a maker, I have a spe­cial place in my heart for any­thing hand­made.

I’m also lucky enough to work from home in my lit­tle gar­den stu­dio. There’s some­thing so spe­cial about work­ing from home – this space is so fa­mil­iar to me. I know what it’s like at all times of the day and in any weather; I know where the birds hang out and can catch the ripe figs be­fore they do; I can eat lunch in the gar­den. I still pinch my­self that this space is all mine to use how­ever I want.

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